IRVING, Texas, Jan. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- aptitude LLC, healthcare's first online direct contracting market, announced today that pricing requests are now being accepted for TIDI Products, leaders in the manufacturing of single-use products that protect healthcare workers and patients from the spread of infectious diseases.
Based in Neenah, Wisconsin, TIDI is active in more than 15 product categories in the aptitude market, including exam gloves, facial protection, and personal protective. TIDI products are used in the medical, dental, and food service industries.
With this announcement, TIDI becomes the latest medical supplier to join aptitude. Vice President of Business Development Brad McCarville said his company was attracted to the efficiencies that are unique to the online contracting approach. TIDI has already shown dedication to efficient processes through its Zero Waste Initiative and commitment to lean manufacturing practices and believes that the partnership with aptitude will bring additional long-term opportunities to TIDI's distributional channels.
"It is certainly a unique way to work with hospitals and our distribution partners," Mr. McCarville said. "We feel that the opportunity to advance our position in the market by efficient means is an attractive value proposition for our organization and our partners."
By facilitating and streamlining the entire contracting life cycle, aptitude provides financial value to both hospitals and suppliers. Since launching in April 2013, the aptitude online marketplace has been growing at a steady pace. It now includes hospitals that represent more than $8 billion in buying power and medical suppliers that offer more than a million different products. To date, it takes aptitude an average of 38 days to facilitate agreements between hospitals and suppliers, a process that once took up to nine months.
"Our aim is to offer choice and flexibility to our customer base," said Troy Kirchenbauer, general manager of aptitude. "Whether it is maximizing existing channels or methods of doing business, aptitude was designed to complement existing contracting models and to provide a means for those looking to modernize the business of healthcare."
As healthcare's direct contracting market, aptitude LLC is meeting the evolving demands of today's healthcare organizations. Hospitals and suppliers are intrigued by how aptitude re-imagines the contracting model and provides the drive force for a more logical market in which both parties can achieve mutually beneficial, committed purchasing relationships for a better value proposition for both.
About TIDI Products:
TIDI Products (www.tidiproducts.com) is a leading manufacturer of single-use patient-care and infection prevention products for medical and dental markets. Its products include personal protection equipment (PPE) consisting of gowns, gloves, and storage cabinets, patient examination gowns, examination table barriers, dental bibs, gauze sponges and thermometer sheaths. TIDI Products is certified in ISO 9001:2000, EN/ISO 13485:2003, and European CE Mark.
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